A film documenting the highs and lows that come with preparing and running in a truly terrifying 268mile non-stop winter footrace.
We are Summit Fever Outdoor Sports Media, and as you can probably guess by our name - we specialise in filming and producing Extreme and Adventure sports films and documentaries. Up until now we have focused on short films, however we want to make a 50 minute documentary to rival the greatest adventure films out there and enter our film into the biggest and best adventure film festivals of 2014/15.
We have already been approached by Irish Adventure Film Festival Why Not? off the back of our super-mini kickstarter taster film, which is out on YouTube, and our aim is to enter the film into the SHAFF, Kendal and Banff celebrated Adventure Film Festivals of 2015.
We are now approaching you through Kickstarter to help us fund this film. We have already begun filming, but this is a project that we need to dedicate all our time to for the next 6 months. Our aim is to wrap up filming and editing in March 2014, with the Premier to be held in April 2014 and to enter the Irish Film Festival in October 2014, the Kendal Film Festival in November 2015 and Banff in Autumn 2015 .
The film is called Cracking The Spine and our subject for the film is going to be an ordinary (if pretty fit) bloke called Andy Mouncey, who is about to try something pretty extraordinary.
Let me explain a little more about Cracking The Spine...
In January 2013 Andy took part in The Spine Race, the most brutal winter non-stop 268 mile foot race the UK has to offer. It must be completed within the 7 day cut-off time. After just over 100 miles Andy had to stop. In January 2014 Andy will be back, more prepared, fitter and ready to face his own demons in a challenge of epic proportions.
The aim of the film is to cover Andy’s challenges as he trains and prepares for The Spine Race 2014, the work he does within schools to encourage children to get out running, his relationship with his family as they support him through the race week itself and ultimately the strain that running 268 miles, in 7 days and self-supported puts the body under, with little or no sleep, through remote and desolate areas of the UK - alone, with just your own thoughts for company and - if all that wasn't enough - through the darkest depths of UK winter!
For us as film-makers, this film gives us the opportunity to film a race, which is unlike any other in the UK, if not the World. It is the uncertainties and the unknown of this race, which other footraces do not have that have inspired us to base our film around this. The idea of a human running 268 miles, non-stop, self supported over such inhospitable terrain is an alien concept to many people out there, and we want to show the world through Andy's experiences how mental and physical boundaries can be broken and the trials and tribulations such an immense challenge can bring.
Who are we? Summit Fever Outdoor Sports Media: Created by Athletes For Athletes
Matt Green - Director and Producer
Ellie West - Director and Producer
Andy Mouncey - Ultra Runner and Subject of Cracking The Spine
What will we spend the money on? The Project has already begun and we will be dedicated to filming, editing and producing for the next 6 months.
Here is a breakdown of what we expect to spend the money on:
Filming Equipment, Living costs whilst other work is put on hold , Filming Andy's Key Training Moments , Race Week - filming costs and transport , Filming Post Race Reflections, Film Edit, Production, Distribution , Film Premier Event , Submitting fees for film festivals
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The risks and the challenges of this project are as we see it :
Potential weather difficulties in getting to location. Last year deep and heavy snow in the UK made it difficult to access remote areas of the UK, which the race travels through. To combat this problem we have been sponsored the use of a 4x4 by Skipton Ford ( we do sadly have to give it back after the race ends!)
We have filmed before (albeit much shorter films) in difficult environments with little electricity and limited resources - so this won't be new to us. We won't be learning on the job!
Will Andy finish? This is ultimately what the film is about and we don't know what the ending will be - however we will make sure that we give the utmost support to Andy as he faces his challenge. It would be an easy ride if we knew all the answers, but who wants an easy ride?! We will all do our best. Whatever the outcome Andy is brave enough to take that step to do the impossible - there will be a film.
Cracking The Spine Challenge is a challenge, which Andy is presenting to schools along the Pennine Way. He is giving them the opportunity to run the 268 miles as an accumulative school or class effort, and they have between now and March 2014 to complete the challenge. They will be keeping video diaries and athlete diaries documenting their progress and how they are coping with the challenge. We will be filming and interviewing at the schools over the next 6 months as part of our Cracking The Spine Film